40,000 runners participated in this annual event held this year on Friday 24.2.17
Among the winners were two Ben Shemen graduates who currently reside in our graduate housing.
Maru Tafri came in first among the Israelis with a time of 2:27:16.
Maro was born in northwest Ethiopia and made aliyah in 2006 at the age of 14 with his father and six of his brothers and sisters (an additional three stayed in Ethiopia). The family lived in the Kiryat Yam Absorption Center, and after a short time, Maro moved to Ben Shemen where he discovered long distance running.
Maro represented Israel at the 2016 Olympics in Rio..."I am proud of having reached the Olympics and grateful to everyone who supported me.
Yamer Gahton - first in the 10 km race
"The biggest miracle I have experienced is Ben Shemen", says Yamer. Yamer held the Israel Championship for field running for 3 years as well as the being the champion for 1500 meters.